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Weitzman excels at detailing machinery. . . . This telescopic view of a unique airplane will fascinate some children, and this will be great for kids interested in early aviation, especially as the Wright brothers' anniversary draws near
School Library Journal
To frame his history, Weitzman invents a grandmother who tells children about their great grandma's aviation career, first as a worker in Curtiss's factory, then as a pilot. The step-by step account of the Jenny's development and construction is accompanied by large drawings of near-technical precision and detail, all sandwiched between photos of women pilots in both World Wars, plus a labeled, cutaway view of the Jenny on the endpapers. Students of the early history of flight, particularly of the parts played in it by women, and by the ungainly looking but sturdy, reliable Jenny, will wing their way through this warm tribute, and may opt for return flights, too.
Jenny: The Airplane That Taught America to Fly by David Weitzman joins his series of historical picture books. Told from the perspective of a former pilot sharing stories with her grandchildren, the volume chronicles the Curtiss JN4-D (nicknamed "the Model T of airplanes" for its mass production) from manufacture to flight. B&w drawings provide an up-close perspective on the plane's construction during WWI, from its sturdy wood-and-fabric wings to its lightweight engine; endpapers contain labeled diagrams.